S: BatsLIVE-A Distance Learning Adventure -- 2012
BC: Thank you to the partners AND the bats!
FC: BatsLIVE! 2012
1: BatsLIVE-A Distance Learning Adventure was the product of a broad partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! | http://batslive.pwnet.org
2: BatsLIVE--A Distance Learning Adventure is the product of more than two years of hard work and dedication from a coalition of more than 20 partner organizations. Together, we reached more than 200,000 people with compelling, accurate information about bat conservation. | The partnership offered webinars and webcasts -- presented through a dynamic website. All programs and materials continue to be available through the website. This book captures the people and places that made BatsLIVE possible!
3: "Healthy bats need healthy forests—and vice versa. Your public lands—the national forests and grasslands, the national wildlife refuges, the national and state parks—all these lands provide critical habitat for America’s bats. ... All of us can play a role in the future of bats. You can start right here by learning more about bats and by becoming a bat champion." -- USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, September 18, 2012 "BatsLIVE at Bracken Cave" --
4: The first public program was BatsLIVE at USDA on May 16, 2012. Nearly 100 USDA employees and invited guests gathered at the Jefferson Auditorium in Washington DC, to learn about bats and bat conservation. (speakers from top, left to right: Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment-USDA; Terrell Erickson, Natural Resource Conservation Service; David Waldien, Bat Conservation International; Ann Froschauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Dennis Krusac, U.S. Forest Service, Region 8)
5: Rob Mies, Founder and Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, wowed the audience with his presentation -- and he and his bats transformed all participants into committed "bat champions."
6: Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation, and Ann Froschauer, USFWS communication lead for the White-Nose Syndrome task force, were featured in the May 17 BatsLIVE webcast from Prince William Network studios in Virginia. This engaging program reached more than 140,000 students and their educators.
10: Our second live webcast, BatsLIVE at Bracken Cave brought the amazing emergence of millions of Mexican free-tailed bats to more than 40,000 viewers across America. The live broadcast featured biologists and educators from Bat Conservation International, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, San Antonio Zoo and the U.S. Forest Service. Prince William Network did an amazing job with all the challenging technical details that go into a live broadcast in the Texas outback!
15: Pulling together the BatsLIVE Bracken broadcast took the hard work of the entire crew. From crew members to presenters, we spent two days focused on working out all the kinks before the live broadcast. The 90-minute live webcast reached more than 40,000 viewers. The following photos capture the incredible work of our BatsLIVE team.